Summer is right around the corner and you’re craving a visit to your favorite vacation spot. Whether that be Rome, Fiji, or a simpler staycation to a town nearby, there’s one thing making you reconsider your getaway this year – your new little one at home.
Leaving your child with a qualified sitter for an extended period of time is nerve wracking to say the least. As a parent, it’s only natural to feel as though you are the only person on this planet who is capable of taking complete care of your child. Even if this were the case, wouldn’t you still deserve a little escape to recharge your battery?
The truth is, every parent gets a bit worn out from time to time. No matter how happy you are with your home life, vacationing only helps you appreciate what you have at home even more. So what do you say? Are you ready to drop the guilt and enjoy the relaxing getaway you deserve? We sure think so! That’s why we’ve provided the following tips to help you find peace of mind. Take a look, then get ready to have a good time at your favorite summer destination!
1. Prep your sitter
You’ll probably do this naturally, but helping your sitter prepare for caring for your child will make a significant difference in your ability to relax while you’re away. Create a list of daily to-do’s that keep your household together. Work on this list with another member of your family to make sure you cover every detail. Once you’ve come up with your list, provide clear instructions for each daily activity. Give this list to your sitter as more of a guide then a “to-do” list. Understand that while each of the activities listed here will be important, you don’t want to overwhelm your sitter from the get go. Here are a few examples of items to cover:
- Where your child’s food can be found and when it should be given
- When your child goes to bed and which tactics you’ve found most successful for this
- When your child typically wakes up and what actions should be taken following this
- Where emergency contact information can be found. Ex: Pediatricians, poison control, family members, etc.
- When pets should be fed and watered and where their food and dishes can be found
- When your pets will need to be walked and/or let outside
2. Set a schedule for check-ins
Creating a schedule during vacation may sound like a horrible idea, but it can actually help to limit the amount of time and effort you put in to checking on your little one. Set aside time for a daily phone call with your sitter. Ask how things are going and maybe even ask to speak with your child for a minute or two. Even if your child is too young to speak, he or she will find comfort in hearing your voice while you’re away – and vice versa.
3. Plan an activity
Yes, more scheduling, but this scheduling will also help you limit your ability to stress over your child at home. Schedule an activity to enjoy while you’re on your vacation. Whether this be a white water rafting trip or a deep tissue massage, taking part in an out-of-the-norm activity will provide the distraction you need to ease into your time away from home. Remember that this is YOUR vacation and you do in fact deserve it. Take this time to have fun and relax a little so you can return home with the can-do attitude you need to take on the tough task of being an awesome parent.
4. Secure safety nets
Both you and your sitter will feel better knowing that you’ve secured safety nets before departing for your trip. Let’s say that your mother will be looking after your child while you’re away. Work with your siblings and/or grandparents to ensure that should something go wrong, they’ll be ready to step in and help out. Clarifying where your child will be spending his or her time will also be important. Speak with your caregiver to decide where your child will be staying. Will you need to prepare your home for the sitter, or will you be bringing your child to their home? Set the time and place of your child’s care, then make sure the home is ready-to-go. Install child-proofing where necessary. Also set up a monitoring system that will allow you to check in on your child throughout your vacation. Obviously, you’ll want to clear this with your sitter first if you’ll be bringing your child to their home.
5. Trust in your caregiver’s ability
Finally, the most important step in taking the guilt out of vacationing as a new parent is trusting in your sitter’s ability to care for your child. It goes without saying that you’ve found someone to watch your child who you trust on a regular basis, so why would this situation be any different? They won’t be capable of providing the exact same parenting as you do, however, the temporary change may actually be beneficial to your child’s overall development. Putting your full trust in a caregiver isn’t easy, but the checks and balances listed in the point above will facilitate your ability to trust your child in the hands of their caregiver while you’re away.
“Be There” with izon
The monitoring system mentioned in point four can be completely covered with the izon camera. Simply mount cameras in high traffic areas as well as the room where your child will be sleeping to have instant access to your child when you’re feeling uneasy. Your izon cameras will also have the ability to send real-time alerts to your mobile device as well as instant playbacks. This allows you to see/hear when your child is awake and in the room, then monitor their behavior to make sure that they’re completely looked after. This is all controlled through the free izon app that can be synced to your cameras in just minutes.